By David Buick
Dunfermline crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat as they were beaten by a resurgent Morton 3-2 at Cappielow.
The Pars opened the scoring through the returning Euan Murray, but a double from Kyle Jacobs and a goal from Jim McAlister was enough for the Ton despite a late Kevin Nisbet consolation.
It was more of the same for Dunfermline, as defensive errors combined with an inability to create chances and bounce back from conceding cost the Pars once again.
The frustration was evident for the Pars boss as once again his side threw away the game after a promising start. Crawford said: “I thought for the first half hour we were excellent. We took the game to Morton and scored a very good goal.
“It seemed to upset Morton and they got after us a little bit. They did have a better spell towards the end of the first half. It’s important you see it out at times like that. Unfortunately we’ve lost a poor goal to allow them back into the game.”
Crawford’s men have now lost five on the spin. The Pars manager is well aware that his side need to find a solution sooner rather than later.
“It’s not nice, people say you can go on a winning run and it becomes habit but equally when you’re on a losing run it’s hard to break out of it,” he said.
“We’re very much a group with our futures ahead of us and lots of development to come. But we have to learn, and we have to learn quick.
“You’ve got to have belief, I’m not standing happy we’ve lost five on the bounce. But it was evident as it was in previous week’s that the first half was a very good performance.
“What we need to do is make sure that when the game goes against us we give ourselves a platform to take points from games.”